First book by writing mother and daughter team, Cross the Hall Magic, in their Believers series is a super cute, YA book. The book follows the story of Laney a computer hacker and her across the hall neighbor Max Cross, world renowned magician. Laney like every day hunts her buildings mailman waiting for packages to be delivered, but this day is a little different than the others. Her neighbor Max is helping his next door neighbor fix yet another broken lightbulb on her from stoop. What catches Laney’s eye is a small minion tattoo (yep those bello minions) on his rather nicely toned backside. Max has had a crush on Laney and doesn’t quite grasp why everyone on his floor has been paying him a little more mind, including Laney. He finds her checking him out and finally (after Laney’s package goes missing) getting the nerve asks her over. Max, though isn’t just a magician working card tricks, he is a real magic user with the power over illusion, making his job choice perfect for him. With a few pieces of bewitched clothes, thanks to his mom and sister, Max makes a bigger splash then he had intended to at his day job. After the help of his magical kitchen, Laney learns that all she had believed in was true. She often is forced to watch her best friend Mac’s pet pig Oswald. And as a former pig owner, there is just something different about Oswald. Laney gets introduced to different parts of Max’s life and meets members of his family that are a little bonkers.
This was a super cute first book. The character development was great and the time frame of the relationship worked so well. While Max acted love crossed, he was not really the creeper he kept thinking he might be. I’m sure my husband wouldn’t say no if I got an apron like his. The story is a pass off chapter to chapter between the two, and allows the reader to see what was happening from each person’s point of view. The reiteration of different parts of the story were well told and it didn’t feel like it was on repeat. The story has lots of sassy parts and made me laugh. This is a great light hearted story and I am looking forward to Book Two, in the series. Keep tuned as a short story of Laney and Max should be out soon. My only unanswered question: How did Max actually do it in the end? Hopefully that question can be answered.
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